First listed on: 21 December 2020

Senior or Principal Research Scientist 


About AIMS
The Australian Institute of Marine Science is Australia’s tropical marine research agency.
We are a trusted advisor, a partner and employer of choice, and we value integrity, innovation, collaboration, and respect.

AIMS’ research of Australia’s tropical marine ecosystems guides their effective environmental management and contributes to our understanding of similar ecosystems around the world. Our research seeks to deliver practical benefit to all Australians and supports the sustainable use of our tropical marine estate. Governments, reef managers, industry and the wider community look to our high-quality, long-term research for informed decisions about our iconic Great Barrier Reef, North-West Shelf, and Arafura and Timor Seas.

AIMS expert teams at our locations in Townsville, Darwin and Perth have access to world-class infrastructure, unique datasets, cutting-edge laboratories and a fleet of modern research vessels. At AIMS, the way we work guides our team members’ on their collective journey towards the successful delivery of our AIMS Strategy 2025 targets.

About this Opportunity
Our Perth Research Facility operates out of the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre at the University of Western Australia and is located at the hub of marine-based industries on the Western Australian coast. Research delivery within Program 3 (Sustainable Use of North-West Marine Ecosystems Program) is via three Research Teams spread across our Perth and Darwin Research Facilities. These teams include Ecological and Biological Monitoring, Marine Megafauna, and Spatial Ecology and Environmental Data Science. Capability within Program 3 is diverse and key strengths include coral and fish ecology, benthic ecology, habitat mapping and predictive modelling, remote sensing, long-term monitoring, Traditional Owner engagement, effects of marine noise, animal tracking, threatened species/marine fauna, and machine learning.

The Senior/Principal Research Scientist will provide leadership, strategic direction and scientific vision in developing and undertaking ecological research at AIMS WA and for development and delivery of major research projects in tropical Australia. The role is responsible for leading and growing the research direction and opportunities in AIMS Western Australia to meet the AIMS Strategy 2025, and will enhance AIMS capability for providing robust, scientifically credited input to habitat and ecosystem assessments for government and industry stakeholders. The role will cultivate sustainable business and science partnerships, assess opportunities, and respond to stakeholder needs through the provision of specialist knowledge and meaningful collaboration.

Achieving success in this role will be dependent on your broad scientific perspective, which is founded on your knowledge, vision and influence, to develop research opportunities and deliver strategic research outcomes and impact for AIMS. Using your proven people management capabilities, you be required to develop and maintain multidisciplinary team approaches towards delivering science excellence and impact to lead research projects and/or programs. You will apply your strong interpersonal and communications skills, along with your extensive experience in identifying and developing opportunities, to enable you to build and maintain business and science partnerships, assess opportunities, and respond to stakeholder needs through the provision of specialist knowledge and collaboration

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions. The successful candidate will be rewarded with:

  • AIMS AOF Level 6 or 7 Salary ($122,110 to $156,329 per annum), depending on relevant qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, ongoing opportunity
  • Based in Perth, Western Australian or Darwin, Northern Territory

About you
Relying on your extensive post-doctoral research experience and PhD in Biological Science, preferably marine science or similar, you will have the exceptional abilities for interpreting complex data sets relating to the ecology of tropical ecosystems, and to then oversee the dissemination of the data in reports and publications. Your extensive experience in interpreting a range of results related to studies of marine ecology and then integrating these in a meaningful way will enable you to lead and oversee the production of reports and publications by a team of scientists.

If, after reviewing the position description, you believe that your qualifications, experience and professional capabilities will enable you to successfully the deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in hearing from you.

Next Step
Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the Candidate Information Pack which is available to download from our website - If, after reviewing the Candidate Information Pack, you believe that your qualifications, experience, and professional capabilities will enable you to successfully deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in hearing from you.

For your application to be considered you must follow the “How to Apply” instructions detailed in our Candidate Information Pack available on the AIMS website - To assist you with your application, we suggest that you also download and review our Recruitment Application Guide which is also available on the AIMS website -

Further information on the application process and tips for addressing Selection Criteria are available via our Recruitment Application Guide.

Shortlisted applicants 
may be asked to complete a personal outlook analysis questionnaire using the Birkman Method.

Position enquiries can be directed to Dr Karen Miller at

Applications close: 
9.00am, Wednesday 20-January-2021  (Perth, WA).

The Australian Institute of Marine Science acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and sea on which we work. We recognise the unique relationships and enduring cultural and spiritual connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to land and sea, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future


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